Last updated November 10, 2022
Adventure travel. Maybe you’ve done it. Or maybe your idea of travel requires little adventure. Which isn’t a bad thing. I don’t know of one person who would reject the opportunity to sit on a sandy beach and sun-bathe.
We all know that travel planning and preparation help to make for a better trip. Yet planning is not just about creating a successful travel itinerary, or making lists of what to pack. Travel planning is also about establishing an adventure travel mindset. An adventurous mindset enhances our travel experiences. It makes our trip invigorating and unforgettable.
To help you achieve the said adventurous state of mind, keep reading. We are listing six ways to unlock an adventure travel mindset. After reading this article, you will no doubt lead yourself into an incredible next vacation.
1. Push boundaries
We often categorize adventure travel or an adventure travel mindset with adrenaline junkies. You know the type. It’s the people who shrill at the top of their lungs as they parasail over the shark-infested waters of Cape Cod. Adventure travel leads us to envision ourselves jumping out of airplanes, heli-hiking to mountain peaks or free-diving to new depths.
Don’t get me wrong: those are all fantastic adventures. But it’s important to realize that pushing boundaries is different for everyone.
You can’t ask someone who doesn’t know how to swim to try surfing. Even if they really want to surf. A person has to accept their starting point in order to push the boundaries.
Each traveler must identify their own boundary to push. No two people are the same in ability, capacity, or life. Define what is adventurous to you. Identify what is even too adventurous for you right now. Plan to take on at least one activity that is outside of your comfort zone. For starters, consider eating local cuisine you never tried. Such as tacos made with chapulines (Mexican crickets). Or maybe just spend a week disconnected from all things digital on a retreat.
Define a boundary. Then push it.
2. Be ready to learn and grow
If travel can teach us anything, it’s simply that we don’t know everything. Go to a new place. You’ll have to acknowledge quickly that you don’t know everything. You probably won’t know anything when it comes to directions. Perhaps you won’t even know the native language. Of course, we can critique places on how they can improve. Some travelers do this as a coping mechanism to express their discomfort. We all do things that help us process where we are in life. There’s good ways and bad ways. Most importantly helpful ways. One helpful way we may want to try is understanding how we can improve ourselves.
Self-improvement is a process that can be best forged through during a travel experience. What can we learn? What can each destination or experience offer us? Ideas such as visiting capital cities or identifying specific entry destinations to new exotic lands. Don’t let reputations or Reddit strings steer your adventures! These are just a few lessons I’ve embraced. Feel free to take note. It may very well make your trip much more enjoyable than some of mine were.
Remember: we can always learn from travel. If you ever feel an itch for education, travel. Travel is an easy way to self-educate. Going to museums, historic districts, restaurants, cafes, landmarks, and popular tourist attractions are all methods a traveler uses for self-education.
3. Keep a positive attitude
Attitude is a major part of anything you do. If not the most important part. This is why it’s important to expect and plan for fun. Keep a positive, adventurous attitude to get the most out of your experience.
Not every trip is that once-in-a-lifetime bucket list holiday. Don’t forget that every place holds charm. Maybe the next trip is not the dream vacation you have planned for years. No matter. The trip can provide a great time to refuel and refresh. It may just be exactly what you need. Even if it wasn’t the trip of your dreams.
Yes. It’s true. Every trip can become a great trip with the right attitude.
4. Transform through travel
Travel remains a major gateway to life change and self-improvement. Everything can change after an amazing trip. Including you. It might not seem obvious to you at first. It becomes obvious when we realize that we really don’t want to return to the normal grind of everyday life.
It’s perfectly normal to appreciate the sea-changes of life. It’s also normal to avoid them out of pure dread. Traveling somewhere lovely may make going home difficult. It also makes you more able to endure your return. The relaxation, joy, and self-improvement that occurs during a vacation makes you all the more able to face what awaits.
We all have a passion and a purpose deep inside. We often (re)discover it on an adventure when we set ourselves free and exercise mindfulness. Upon receiving information, it is up to us to document our thoughts and dreams mentally (or use a travel journal). We continue to embrace what we discover. Even if it’s challenging.
Any spiritual wellness journey can create a new path.
5. Use all your senses
Another way to become truly present and enact an adventurous mindset is to use all senses. Extreme activities can “force” us to be completely present with such a need to focus, but you don’t need to go extreme to activate all your senses.
One can get centered through a meditation retreat. Or just a simple focus on the joys of a desert morning in Joshua Tree National Park.
We often travel to see places. However, travel goes well beyond just what we see. What is a trip to Italy without a taste of its cuisine, what is a rafting trip to down the rivers of Alaska without feeling the temperature of the water or the cool crisp breeze and what is a trip to visit the cemeteries of Oaxaca, Mexico, during Day of the Dead without the smell of the incense burning?
Let’s awaken the senses on the next adventure.
6. Slow down
We often view adventure as fast-paced activities. With an adventurous mindset, we also know the need to slow down. The need to take our time to appreciate a museum exhibit, to absorb the energy of a sacred site or to share a traditional meal with a local.
The goal is never to travel to the top 10 checklist attractions but to dive deeper and learn to fully appreciate the experience itself.
A slower pace can also lead to taking a longer holiday. Long weekends serve a purpose of escape and perhaps a chance to relax and recharge. If you can, plan for at least a week, preferably more than two, for one holiday annually.
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